Luttrell headed to CRC
Armorel Lady Tigers head coach Deanna Carr looked on Tuesday as her fifth Lady Tiger signed to play at the collegiate level following high school as senior Olivia Luttrell signed with Crowley’s Ridge College in Paragould just a day after winning the Lady Tigers first regional championship since 2010.
“She came out and she was really eager to practice with the girls and she was confident and we like confidence. She just came out and did what she knows how to do,” CRC Lady Pioneers head coach Jordan Malone said.
Luttrell says the welcoming of the CRC family is what made her pick Crowley’s Ridge.
“They were all very friendly there and as soon as I walked in the chapel, they all welcomed me and greeted me and made me feel at home,” Luttrell said.
Luttrell is a four-year player for Carr’s Lady Tigers. In Luttrell’s junior year, she averaged .376 with 32 hits and 33 RBIs and in the field she assisted on 23 putouts.
“CRC is getting a hard worker. Olivia always tries her best every day in practice,” Carr said.
Being a leader to the younger classmen in her senior year at Armorel says will help her for years to come.
“My senior year I’ve been able to be a leader to the freshmen and teach them and show them the right ways to do things,” Luttrell said.
The leadership built in Luttrell is what Carr sees CRC getting out of her.
“She is a leader who is willing to help the younger players develop their fundamentals,” Carr said.
With Luttrell being Carr’s fifth senior to sign at the collegiate level, Carr says that all five seniors are legacy for the future of Armorel softball and that next year’s team will have big shoes to fill.
“I'm extremely proud of all five who are continuing their softball careers. They have put in so much time and effort since they were little girls in the Blytheville summer league. I've had the privilege of watching them grow into wonderful young women with a passion for the sport,” Carr said.
“They are leaving a legacy for the future of Armorel softball. We have some big shoes to fill next year.”
“I’d like to thank my family for helping me to where I am now and my teammates for pushing me and encouraging me,” Luttrell said. “ Then God for allowing me to have this wonderful family.”